Heidelberg had been on my places-I-really-really-have-to-go-to list (it’s one long list) for such a long time now that it’s actually shocking that I only managed to check it off this summer. Especially given that one of my very close childhood friends and sometimes accomplice moved there almost two years ago and I still hadn’t managed to visit her yet despite the number of times I have been gallivanting in Deutschland now.
Summer is officially over for me, even if it’s still over 27 degrees most days here in Ankara. Yes I am back in Ankara after a wonderful summer, which certainly had a rocky start. Alas my break – from real life and the blog – is over and I am back in Turkey about to start my second (and last!) year for my master’s degree. I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel and damn that feels good.
Those who follow me on Facebook and Instagram definitely saw snippets of my summer. The first half of my summer, as you all know, was spent in Mauritius after which I headed to Europe, most specifically Germany for my most amazing summers yet, mostly due to the company.
Some old and some new
Germany must be my favourite country ever. I fell in love with it the first time I was there back in 2010 and then again last year when I revisited. Since then, I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve been back. One of my most favourite places must be the English Gardens in Munich so of course that’s where I ended up when I was there.
After two years of promising one of the closest people to me to visit her, made it to Heidelberg and it did not disappoint!
However, most of my time was spent in some Bavarian cities. Eager to tick some other places from my list, we also went to Rothenburg ob der Tauber and Regensburg. I also finally went to Bamberg, where I’ve been wanting to go since last Christmas. We however did not make it till Passau so I’ll save that for next time!
When I usually tell people I’m from Mauritius – and after explaining where and what it actually is – they imagine that all I do is lounge on the beach basking in the sun. I mean, what else would you be doing if you’re on a tropical island which has some of the best beaches in the world with sunshine most of the time? Exactly NOT that. I could usually count the number of times I went to the beach on the fingers on my hand (yup just one) during a year when I was still living there. For the most of it, I was either at school or work and by the time it was the weekend, all I ever wanted was just to stay in bed and do nothing. Going to the beach for us was a real treat, even if it was just an hour drive away (which didn’t apply to us since we had no car).
I went back this year for summer hoping for some sun and beach action. Instead I reached home to learn that one of the people I was closest to was on her death bed. We lost her two days later and I don’t think our family will ever be the same again. Sometimes I wished I hadn’t actually gone back – would it have hurt less had I been far away? I’m never going to know. But then, I’m glad I got to see her one last time. I spent the next two weeks filling myself up with food, because I didn’t really know what else to do to get rid of the emptiness I was feeling. I put on a few pounds although that feeling never really went away. By the time I actually started feeling again, it was already time for me to leave home. Continue reading My not-so-beachy holiday